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    Index Create the PDF File for Long Plot (Scroll) Printing

    Select Pen Table Dialog Print Dialog Select a Scroll Plot Printer Driver Configuration File Set the Print Units (inches, feet, etc.) Select Plot Driver Edit the Printer Driver Configuration Select Paper Size option Select the Print Scale Adjust (Change) the Paper Size Center the Plot on the Paper Print Attributes Update Print Settings from View File > Print

    Print the PDF File to a “Roll Paper” Scroll Plotter Open Adobe Acrobat (or other PDF Software) Select the Print Queue Set Print Properties

    Print Orientation (Portrait or Landscape) Custom Paper Size Rotate 90 Degrees Color or Grayscale

    Paper Size matches Document Size

    Print

    PDF Scroll: Creating and Plotting

    21C-33

    Design Manual Chapter 21 Automation Tools Instructions Originally issued: 10-30-09 Revised: 03-31-16

    Office of Design

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    Create the PDF File for Long Plot (Scroll) Printing 1) To create a MicroStation “PDF print scroll file”:

    1. Place a fence around the print area, then

    2. Select File > Print from the MicroStation pull-down menu.

    2) The first dialog to display may be the Select Pen Table File dialog. We do not use MicroStation Pen Tables, so click the Cancel button, as shown by the red arrow at the right, and move on to the next dialog.

    Note: When using Interplot plotting rather than MicroStation plotting, we use IPLOT “Script Files”, which are often mistakenly referred to as Pen Tables.

    3) After clicking the Cancel button, shown above, the Print dialog should appear, similar to as shown at the right.

    If a message displays that says something similar to

    “cannot locate file W:\Highway\Design\CADD\MicroStation\Plotting\...”,

    then exit MicroStation, delete your “upf” file, and restart MicroStation.

    The “upf” file is located at follows: C:\Users\your login ID\your login IDPWV8i.upf

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    4) If the Print dialog title bar does not display one of the “…pdf.plt” options, (as shown above), it must be changed. Select a “…pdf.plt” “print driver” file from the File > Select Bentley Driver option list, as shown at the right.

    5) For a colored PDF scroll, select Scroll_clr_pdf.plt from the “Select Printer Driver Configuration File” dialog, as shown below.

    Click the Open button and the blue title bar should then display: “Print (Scroll_clr_pdf.plt)”, as shown on the next page.

    The print drivers are located at the following location: pw:\Documents\Standards\RoadDesign\Microstation\Plotting

    pw:\\projectwise.dot.int.lan:PWMain\Documents\Standards\RoadDesign\Microstation\Plotting\

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    6) From the Print dialog (partially shown at the right), set the units to inches from Settings > Units > Inches.

    7) For a color plot, the General Settings area of the Print dialog should appear as shown at the right.

    8) The Plot Driver is selected from the Printer and Paper Size section of the Print dialog.

    The Bentley driver should be selected by clicking the drop-down arrow to produce the list of available Print Driver files, as shown at the right.

    Note: If it will be necessary to turn levels on/off within the created PDF file, then a copy of the selected “…plt” file must be edited. To do this, the “…plt” file must be copied from the hyperlink location shown below to your project directory.

    pw:\Documents\Standards\RoadDesign\Microstation\Plotting\

    To make the minor changes to the copied “…plt” file, use a common text editor, (such as Notepad, PFE32, etc.). The lines to be changed are listed below. The actual changes to be made are listed at the “bullet” (●), immediately following the lines of code shown below.

    pw:\\projectwise.dot.int.lan:PWMain\Documents\Standards\RoadDesign\Microstation\Plotting\

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    ;===============================================================

    ;Turn the Level/File optional content on and off

    ;CmdName /appname="pdf" /command="FileOptionalContent" /qualifier="On"

    CmdName /appname="pdf" /command="FileOptionalContent" /qualifier="Off"

    ;off by default

    ;===============================================================

    ● Changes to be made, to the above lines of code, are as follows:

    Remove the semi-colon (;) from the left end of the line that ends with qualifier="On",

    and add a semi-colon (;) to the left end of the line that ends with qualifier="Off".

    A newer version of plot driver with the file extension “.pltcfg” can only be edited from within MicroStation.

    To edit a “.pltcfg” plot driver file, access the file through File > Edit Printer Driver Configuration, as shown at the right

    9) Paper Size

    Presently, the two scroll plotters in Design are set for 24 inch and 36 inch paper, which plot at a maximum width of 23.5 inches and 35.5 inches respectively. Preset paper size selections, at one foot length increments, are available through the drop-down option listing, as shown at the right. The size options include from

    23.5x12 through 23.5x199 and

    35.5x12 through 35.5x199

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    After a fence has been placed around the area to be printed and a Paper size has been selected, (such as 23.5x36 in the example to the right), the Print program will automatically calculate the scale and size of the plot, as shown at the right.

    Example:

    Based on the Paper Size choice of 23.5x199, the program maximized the print to the largest possible dimension of 23.5” x 195.315”, at a scale of 6.6825.

    Note: If it is unknown what paper size to use, select one of the preset maximum sizes (23.5x199, or 35.5x199) and click the Maximize button (as located by the blue arrow). The program will then display the largest possible Print Scale (and Print Size) within the selected paper size. After the program determines the maximum print size and scale combination for the specific fenced area, the print size can then be reduced by increasing the scale appropriately, as shown below.

    Next, change the Scale value to the desired scale for the plot (20 in this example). The Print Size dimensions will automatically change and display the minimum possible size for the given scale (58.584 x 9.995 in the example) shown at the bottom of the double ended red arrows.

    The Printer Paper size dimensions should then be changed to match or exceed the Print Scale Size values. If a small white border is required on the print, the size values should be rounded up slightly, as shown at the top of the double ended red arrows, (59 and 10.)

    To center the plot on the paper, click the Auto- center check-box (), as shown by the blue arrow at the right.

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    10) Print Attributes

    The Print Attributes dialog is accessed through Settings > Print Attributes, as shown at the right.

    Verify the settings to be as listed below, and as shown at the right.

    For all plots,

    uncheck, (), Clip Volume and Print Border

    If plotting a scroll,

    check, (), Line Weights

    If plotting an 11x17 or 8.5x11,

    uncheck, (), Line Weights

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    11) Update from View

    Before printing, verify that all print settings are still as intended and as shown in the current view. Click “Settings > Update from View”, as shown at the right.

    12) File > Print

    When ready to print, click “File > Print” from the drop-down menu, as shown at the right. This will produce the “Save Print As” dialog, as shown on the next page.

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    Select the appropriate project directory to save your PDF to by Clicking on the “Select” button. Browse to the folder where the file is to be saved and Click “OK”, as shown below. Provide a name for the file, as shown at the right. Checking the box next to the padlock symbol will make the file name and ProjectWise document name the same (the file name extension will default to “.pdf”).

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    Print the PDF File to a “Rolled Paper” Scroll Plotter 1) Open the PDF file with a PDF software, such as Adobe Acrobat, by double-clicking the file n